An unreal experience that actually happened. Past Review

By (Economics., Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/16/2012 to 11/12/2012 with

The University of New South Wales: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be an independent person and how to take care of myself. I also learned that it is important to make friends with the local people rather than just being friends with Americans only. It was definitely worthwhile but I don't think I would be able to live in Australia for a long period of time again.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The differenrt pace from Middlebury
  • The people I met
  • The once in a lifetime experiences I had
* What could be improved?
  • prepare students better on what the education system is like in Australia because it is so different
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You may think that you can get an easy A because it's not a Middlebury course but you still need to put in some effort to get good grades.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Australia in the Global Economy

Course Department: Economics
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was more of a history class than an Economics class.
Credit Transfer Issues: